Trout Brook Road, 1975. Fresh out of the army and back home in the Adirondacks, Sleeping Giant Records was just a dream. The image of the company's namesake had been with me since childhood. The Giant was as much a constant companion as Orion overhead. It took millions of years for the forces of nature to forge that Essex County mountain range. But it took the love and support of my parents Walter and Dorothy, and my wife Nancy and daughter Jenny, to make Sleeping Giant Records a reality in 1985.
Twenty years later, I celebrate the anniversary with gratitude for all of you who come to the concerts, buy the albums, sing the songs, play them on the radio, and now, listen to mp3s on this site. I'm thankful for the friends who contributed their artistic imaginations to the creation of sixteen albums: six by spoken word artist and poet Vince Quatroche (www.rubbereden.com), and ten recordings of traditional and original music, beginning with the 33 rpm release on vinyl of Adirondack Green.
Performers: Jenny Berggren, John Kirk, Trish Miller, Dan Duggan, Peggy Lynn, Mark Facci, Dick Gilman, Carmen Gilman, Steve Warner, Chris Warner, Bill Smith, Dave Sturtevant, Kelly Armor, Cathy Supple, Jerry Supple, Rick Napoli, Kent Knappenberger, Mark Murphy, Kay Stonefelt. Producers and Engineers: Dave Fridmann, Jim Briggs, Tony Distefano, Dave Kerzner, Dave Sturtevant, Alan Bartenhagen, Bobby Arnold.
Graphic Artists and Photographers: Carmen Gilman, Jan Conradi, Deb Lanni, Jim Burns, Cathy Supple, Janet Yeates, Judy Phillips, Bill Michelfelder, Carl Heilman. Finally, I'm grateful that this high-tech website can help support the low-tech world of folk music -- thanks to photographer Jim Boltz and webmaster supreme Karen Sully.